Raised in country Western Australia, Phil was taught his traditional songs and dance and how to survive in the bush by his Elders.
All of his life, Phil has been on stage, in the limelight, always having to be the centre of attention. So, at age 20, Phil followed his passion and dream to become an international artist. He moved to the city of Perth and enrolled into the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) then onto Sydney to study at the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Academy (NAISDA).
It was here that Phil was introduced to many forms of dance and music, from traditional Aboriginal songs and dance from all over Australia to modern contemporary, tap, jazz and ballet.
Phil has also recorded a single that can be purchased here, with part proceeds going towards another fantastic local kids charity, Kidzucate.
Tim Winton began his first novel, An Open Swimmer (1982), at the age of 19, while on a Creative Writing course at Curtin University, Perth.
It won the Australian/Vogel National Literary Award, and he has since made his living as a full-time writer.
Born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1960, he is the author of several novels for adults, including Shallows (1986), a novel set in a whaling town, and Cloudstreet (1991), the tale of two working-class families rebuilding their lives, both won prestigious Miles Franklin Awards in Australia. A theatrical adaptation of Cloudstreet toured Australia, Europe and the USA to universal acclaim. His novel That Eye, the Sky (1986) was adapted for theatre by Justin Monjo and Richard Roxburgh, and also made into a film. A second film adaptation was made of In the Winter Dark (1988), featuring Brenda Blethyn. The Riders (1995) was shortlisted for the 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction, and also won a Commonwealth Writers Prize. Many of his books are set in his familiar landscapes of Western Australia.
His latest book, The Boy Behind the Curtain, is a collection of powerful true stories that have shaped Tim's view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision.
Tim Winton is patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers sponsored by the City of Subiaco, Western Australia. Active in the environmental movement in Australia he has been named a Living Treasure by the National Trust, and awarded the Centenary Medal for service to literature and the community.
You can read Tim's guest blog post here.